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Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(10): 658-664.
doi: 10.34172/aim.2020.83

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Developing “Code of Ethics for Medical Professionals, Medical Council of Islamic Republic of Iran”

Ehsan Shamsi-Gooshki 1,2* ORCID logo, Alireza Parsapoor 1,2, Fariba Asghari 1, Mojtaba Parsa 1,2, Yasaman Saeedinejad 3, Saeed Byroudian 4, Mohsen Fadavi 5, Majid Reza Khalajzadeh 6, Hamid Reza Namazi 1,2, Nazafarin Ghasemzadeh 7, Reza Omani Samani 8, Alireza Milanifar 9, Azam Raoofi 10, Sanaz Rouhbakhsh Halvaei 11, Maryam Sadat Mousavi 12, Alireza Zali 13* ORCID logo, Iraj Fazel 14,15, Mohammad Reza Zafarghandi 16,17 ORCID logo, Esmaeil Idani 18 ORCID logo, Mostafa Moin 19* ORCID logo

1 Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Criminology and Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
4 Headquarters for the Promotion of Medical Ethics of Medical Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, Iran
5 Medical Ethics Department, Faculty of Traditional Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
6 Department of Medical Ethics, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
7 Department of Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran
8 Department of Medical Ethics and Law, Reproductive Biomedicine Research Center, Royan Institute for Reproductive Biomedicine, ACECR, Tehran, Iran
9 Bioethics and Law department, Avicenna Research Institute, ACECR, Tehran, Iran
10 Department of Health Management and Economics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
11 Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
12 Medical Ethics and Professionalism Office, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
13 Functional Neurosurgery Research Center, Shohada Tajrish Comprehensive Neurosurgical Center of Excellence, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
14 Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences; Tehran, Iran
15 Iran Assembly for Scientific Medical Associations, Tehran, Iran
16 Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
17 Medical Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, Iran
18 National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
19 Immunology and Asthma and Allergy Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
*Corresponding Authors: *Corresponding Authors: Alireza Zali, MD; 16th St., North Kargar Ave., Medical Ethics Department, Medical Council of Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, Iran. Tel: +98-21-84130; Fax: +98-21-88330686; Email: a.zali@sbmu.ac.ir. Mostafa Moin, MD; 16th St., North Kargar Ave., Medical Ethics Department, Medical Council of Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, Iran. Tel: +98-21-84130; Fax: +98-21-88330686; Email: mmoin@tums.ac.ir, Email: shamsi@tums.ac.ir; Email: dr_a_zali@yahoo.com; *Corresponding Authors: Alireza Zali, MD; 16th St., North Kargar Ave., Medical Ethics Department, Medical Council of Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, Iran. Tel: +98-21-84130; Fax: +98-21-88330686; Email: a.zali@sbmu.ac.ir. Mostafa Moin, MD; 16th St., North Kargar Ave., Medical Ethics Department, Medical Council of Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, Iran. Tel: +98-21-84130; Fax: +98-21-88330686; Email: mmoin@tums.ac.ir, Email: m.moin@tums.ac.ir

Abstract

Background: The medical profession has always been an inspiration for human societies throughout its diverse history. This position and historical authority in the field of ethics has had a different and higher status, in such a way that many of the norms of general ethics and professional ethics, especially principles, such as trust, confidentiality and respect for human dignity, have been developed by medical professionals. Developing guidelines of general and professional ethics is one of the inherent duties of the Medical Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRIMC) as a professional organization. In this regard, the Supreme Council of IRIMC has approved the “Code of Ethics for Medical Professionals” and, in accordance with its legal authority, has annexed it to the disciplinary regulations of IRIMC.

Methods: A draft document, the result of extensive literature review, was discussed in 27 expert panel meetings and after receiving and endorsing the stakeholders’ point of view, was approved by the IRIMC Supreme Council.

Results: The first edition of “Code of Ethics for Medical Professionals, Medical Council of Islamic Republic of Iran” was developed on July 6, 2017 by the Supreme Council of IRIMC. The guideline was set to take effect one year after its enactment. The first edition was revised and completed and final edition was adopted on August 9, 2018 by IRIMC in 13 chapters and 140 articles (original full text is available in the Supplementary file 1).

Conclusion: According to the approved decision by the Supreme Council of IRIMC on May 10, 2018, the final edition takes effect as of October 7, 2018.


Cite this article as: Shamsi-Gooshki E, Parsapoor A, Asghari F, Parsa M, Saeedinejad Y, Biroudian S, et al. Developing “codeof ethics for medical professionals, medical council of Islamic Republic of Iran”. Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(10):658–664. doi:10.34172/aim.2020.83.
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Submitted: 08 Jun 2020
Accepted: 24 Jun 2020
ePublished: 01 Oct 2020
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